Letters: Children on the Texas Border

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As I watched adults yell and scream at bus loads of immigrant children I was appalled.

The scene was reminiscent of Hitler youth harassing Jews or black students being spit upon in Little Rock.

Our Texas politicians would rather score points with the Tea Party than do the right thing and work with Democrats to develop immigration reform.

President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any president in the history of the United States. Does that fact sound like someone soft on enforcing immigration law?

We need smart, practical and sensible immigration reform.

We need to remember these are poor children brought here due to no fault of there own. We need compassion and common sense not hate and inflammatory rhetoric.

— Fred Gregory, Arlington

The President has requested $3.7 billion to deal with the 50,000-plus children who have crossed the border and are now housed “temporarily.” That’s more than $70,000 per person.

The problem remains that our border is unsecured, that the federal government has no policy or plan in place to stem the flow of these children.

The president doesn’t even want to be shown visiting the children or seeing the issue for himself.

These children are refugees from oppressive homelands and are deserving of proper medical care and sustenance.

As a people we must provide for them while we hash out the solution to the basic problem of immigration.

Politics must be hashed out without further endangering these young people.

The president said he has a pen and a phone. Use it, Mr. President, to care for these children and leave the politics in Washington.

— Rick Weintraub, Arlington

Setting politics aside, we all agree children should be treated humanely and be assisted in reuniting them with their parents.

However, what is being lost in the conversation is the effect the constant shuffling around is having on these children.

As a father of a child adopted from the international community, I know first-hand how these children are scared, untrusting and turning to other avenues for contentment. The memory of their travels through Mexico certainly won’t help and these effects will last for months, if not years.

The most compassionate course of action would be to detain them at the border, provide them medical care, clothing and safe passage back from where they came. Having lived and traveled in Central America, I can also say their poverty is not as painful to them as it would be to us. I could make an argument that in many cases our culture would be much more detrimental to their well-being in the long run.

Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins’ assertion there will be no local dollars spent on program to accept the children is almost laughable if he wasn’t serious. Dallas County citizens pay federal income taxes so they’ll be paying one way or another.

— John Orr, Ponder

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